With the new year just around the corner, the Santa Clarita City Council and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors each approved their 2020 state legislative agenda, highlighting priorities ranging from supporting infrastructure legislation to homeless services efforts.
On Tuesday, council members unanimously adopted their newest legislative platform, which “outlines policy statements regarding legislative and regulatory issues that are of interest to the city of Santa Clarita and may come forward during the 116th Congress and the California Legislature’s 2019-20 session.”
Much of what is outlined in last year’s platform remains in the 2020 agenda, but some of the changes are a continuation of what was accomplished in 2019.
For example, Santa Clarita prioritized supporting legislation to establish the St. Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial and National Monument. President Trump agreed to the formation of a national monument in March. The 2020 platform now states support for funding opportunities to be used toward the construction and management of such a monument.
Amid the controversial public safety power shutoffs by utilities that have left thousands of local residents in the dark, the city emphasized supporting legislation that aims to accelerate the implementation of enhanced electrical utility infrastructure to prevent future shutoffs.
Supporting legislation with a focus on securing funding for Santa Clarita’s emergency management services and pre-disaster mitigation funding, such as for wildfires, was also on the legislative platform.
Cannabis also made the list, with the addition of a line to support legislation that authorizes “a local agency the authority to regulate the delivery of cannabis or cannabis products within its jurisdictional boundaries.”
Other priorities outlined include supporting legislation for infrastructure and grant funding “for a federal investment in transportation, water resources, and housing directly to local governments,” as well as funding for local governments to address homeless issues, according to the city staff report.
Homelessness also appeared on the county’s legislative priorities, which said that 2020 “will be primarily concentrated on expanding access to homeless services,” but will also focus on “affordable housing, health care, child welfare and early childhood development, justice reform, infrastructure investment, promoting business development and employment, and environmental protection and sustainability,” according to the county agenda report.
The county also detailed supporting proposals that will fund initiatives to reduce and prevent the issue, expand the availability of interim and permanent supportive housing and allow counties to maximize federal, state and local funds to provide services for those facing homelessness or considered “at-risk.”
Kaiser Permanente celebrated the grand opening of its new Target Clinic at the Target Santa Clarita East store, located at 19105 Golden Valley Road in Canyon Country, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted last month by the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Realtors in the Santa Clarita Valley assisted 2,347 single-family home sales during 2019, an increase of 4.5 percent over the prior year, while prices hit new highs and the inventory plunged, the Southland Regional Association of Realtors reported Tuesday.
College of the Canyons and California State University, Northridge business accounting students are participating in the federal government’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, clinic, providing free tax preparation and filing for low-to-moderate-income taxpayers.
Mike Jaffe, who started as a volunteer and then became a member of the board of directors for the nonprofit Michael Hoefflin Foundation, was recently appointed interim executive director, he said Monday.
Santa Clarita’s Planning Commission approved plans Tuesday for the proposed Patios Connection project at Westfield Valencia Town Center, which includes the city’s second Costco and several other new businesses.
The city of Santa Clarita may conduct an inspection of the property containing the 2.5 acres of solar panels on a Canyon Country hillside to help determine whether or not property owners complied with permits, according to a court ruling Tuesday.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger to develop recommendations to enhance and expand access to substance abuse prevention and treatment services.
California and 10 other states filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take action to reduce air pollution in smoggy areas of those states where air quality has fallen below federal standards.
Detectives with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s Career Offenders, Burglary, Robbery, Assault team, or COBRA, are conducting an attempted murder investigation after a fight broke out Thursday near a 7-Eleven in Canyon Country.
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to demand the awarding of two World Series titles to the LA Dodgers in the wake of a sign-stealing scandal currently rocking Major League Baseball.
Castaic Union School District, in partnership with the Castaic Elementary School Parent Teacher Association, will be hosting a “Be Kind to Your Community” event at Castaic Lake (lower lake), Saturday, Jan. 25, and the entire community is invited.
Residents and visitors rely on Santa Clarita Transit to get where they need to go, and riders will soon be able to expand their transit opportunities, thanks to the new bus transfer station at the Vista Canyon development located south of the 14 Freeway.
The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday the creation of a new NonProfit Council designed specifically for local 501c(3) nonprofits who are members of the Chamber to keep our local non-profits on the forefront in charitable giving, advocacy and regulations.